§ MR. MONK
said, he had a Question to put to the Speaker on a point of Order. When the Metropolitan Board of Works (Money) Bill went into Committee on Friday evening he moved that it be remitted to a Select Committee; but this Motion was negatived. He found, however, that the Standing Orders provided that any Metropolitan Board of Works Bill containing power to raise money should be introduced as a Public Bill; but on being read a second time should be referred to a Select Committee. In these circumstances, he wished to ask if the Bill he alluded to should not be referred to a Select Committee?
§ MR. SPEAKER
said, he had some difficulty in giving a positive answer to this Question. If the Bill had been distinctly promoted by the Metropolitan Board of Works he should have no hesitation in saying that it would be necessary that the Bill should be referred to a Select Committee; but when he remembered that the Bill had been introduced by the noble Lord the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, he felt some hesitation in answering the Question. He must, therefore, leave the matter to the judgment of the House. If the hon. Member thought proper, he would have an opportunity of moving that the Bill be referred to a Select Committee when it was reported.